Coffee Meet-Ups

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Our Coffee Meetups give you the opportunity to meet face-to-face with other local older workers, share ideas, offer support and get great tips and advice. They will run typically for one hour and will be led by your Local Ambassador.

Coffee Meetups are free to attend (you will need to be a member after the first meeting – you can register for free for the meet-up; purchase your own food and drink).

Each Coffee Meetup is at The Gresham Bar, 308 Queen Street Brisbane and is limited to a maximum of 15 attendees to ensure everyone has a chance to participate!

You will need to secure your spot by emailing rrfaustralia@gmail.com, this helps your Local Ambassador know who to expect on the day.

Our next Coffee Meet-Ups are Tuesday 30 October and Tuesday 4 December 2018

Book your FREE spot to attend now!

Rewiring organisations for the future

What are the trends that are shaping the way people work and how organisations can prepare for the future? Future of work expert Lynda Gratton shares her insight on SEEK Talent Talks…Listen to Podcast

If people are living longer – they’re going to be working for longer too. So, what does this ageing population mean for employers?

Lynda Gratton is a Professor of Management Practice at the London Business School and an expert on the impacts of longevity in the workplace. She was interviewed for SEEK Talent Talks following her keynote presentation at the 2018 AHRI Convention in Melbourne.

About the Author. Tony Wiggins is the Founder of Re-think Re-engage Australia, a NFP organisation committed to leading innovative workforce thinking to re-engage the untapped talent of older workers in the Australian economy. His extensive experience and talent as a senior HR professional is highly sought after in developing forward thinking strategies to take Australia into the future global economy.

MEDIA RELEASE: The Age Paradox

THE AGE PARADOX:

YOUNGER GENERATIONS WELCOME OLDER WORKERS

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The benefits of re-engaging older workers are not just for older workers, or the organisations who employ them, the re-engagement process benefits the younger generations too.

By 2020, 4 in 10 Australian workers will be 45 or older, and out of work.   A new political mindset is needed with social innovators, think tanks and industry workforce leaders to challenge the current short-term political thinking and replace it with a long-term workforce strategy.

This is an issue that Mr Tony Wiggins, Founder/President, Re-think Re-engage Australia Inc will be addressing at the TEDx QUT Event on 15 September at the Gardens Point Campus.

Re-think Re-engage Australia Inc. mission is to engage the talent of Australia’s older workers to increase the prosperity and competitiveness of the Australian economy.

Mr Wiggins, said “that re-engaging only 5% (625,000 workers) of the current 45+ workers into paid employment by 2020, the economy would be boosted by $48 billion each year.” “This would deliver the Federal Government, a cash bonus to reduce homelessness, improve health outcomes and support our farmers and regional towns.”

There are strong moves in Australia in shifting to a 30-hour week. Older workers could then fill those 10-20 hours or take up the increase in productivity. It would improve not only the workers quality of working life but also the family life of the young families.

Also, the value of older workers in multi-generational teams would grow the Australian economy. With four generations working side-by-side, there would be a mix of pre and post digital natives where each generation bring unique skills to employers.

Looking to the future, Australia would have all four generations working together to grow the Australian economy. Australia will be creating a future to improve the quality of working and family life for younger generations and creating a future for older workers.

#ageism #older workers #diversity #justice #Queensland #innovation #HR

Media Enquiries – Anthony (Tony) Wiggins, Founder, Re-think Re-engage Australia Inc., Brisbane Queensland Mobile: 0401 458 573

 

6 Smart Tips To Engage Older Workers

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To manage the changes to Australia’s demographics, employers should start to prepare for an ageing workforce and develop strategies to manage and retain older workers, including:

    1. Undertaking an age audit and succession planning – by monitoring things such as the age of staff in particular areas and the age of people leaving, employers can best plan for future resourcing needs and the transfer of skills and knowledge.
    2. Conducting training for managers and recruitment panels on unconscious age-related bias and stereotypes of older workers to tackle unlawful discriminatory practices and unconscious bias towards older people in the organisation. 
    3. Developing mentoring/coaching programs to promote skill transfer between younger and older workers, as well as training on managing and working within intergenerational teams to address the issues of working in multi-generational teams.
    4. Developing flexible employment opportunities and conditions for older workers to accommodate their needs. This may include redesigning jobs to accommodate physical restraints, offering job share arrangements and implementing phased retirement options.
    5. Assisting workers transition to retirement by running ‘preparing for retirement’ awareness sessions and sessions on financial counselling.
    6. Re-skilling older workers and investing in education programs that assist older workers to be more efficient and to harness new ways of working (such as utilising technology and social media). Source: Business Insider

Tony Wiggins is the Founder of Re-think Re-engage Australia, a NFP organisation committed to leading innovative workforce thinking to re-engage the untapped talent of older workers in the Australian economy. His extensive experience and talent as a senior HR professional is highly sought after in developing forward thinking strategies to take Australia into the future global economy.

Please feel free to contact Re-think Re-engage Australia Inc – rrfaustralia@gmail.com to discuss how RRA can support your organisation with strategies for managing an ageing workforce.

#older workers #job ageism #discrimination #diversity #jobs #innovation #Australia #Queensland

 

Media Release – 2018 Budget and Older Workers

Missed Opportunity for Older Workers to Boost the Economy in the 2018 Budget

With all the rhetoric about the 2018 Budget as being good politics and reasonable economics, there has been another missed opportunity for older workers to be re-engaged back into the Australian workforce to boost the economy.

Treasurer Scott Morrison has laid out the budget plan to further strengthen Australia’s economy, with a focus on constraining both spending and taxing but the Australian economy is still grappling with a lack of structural workforce changes to re-engage older workers.

Opportunities to re-engage older workers are passing Australia by and we are not putting ourselves in the right place to capitalise on what we have rather than relying on forward economic projections to grow the economy.

Many businesses and government often overlook the wealth of knowledge, experience and skills that older workers bring back into the workplace especially in the areas of leadership, projects, crucial business relationships and industry contacts.

There is some recognition by the government in the 2018 Budget to drive cultural change and stop discrimination against older workers, promising to develop strategies. This will take time. On a positive note, there is an increased focus on mature aged people to promote entrepreneurship and new business opportunities.

Older workers and their families, not in the workforce frequently experience lower savings and superannuation. This legacy will stay will us for the rest of their lives and impact on the Australia economy through our dwindling finances, poor physical and mental health and overall wellbeing.

The labour market system in Australia needs a “disruption”. Responding to this inaction, Re-think Re-engage Australia Inc is working at the grass roots level in Brisbane, working with and partnering with business, government and the community to develop structural workforce strategies to fill the void that exists for older workers.

New Zealand has been actively working on the plight of older workers for several years, when is Australia going to get serious?

Media Enquiries

Anthony (Tony) Wiggins,

Founder, Re-think Re-engage Australia Inc.

Mobile: 0401 458 573

#older workers #job ageism #discrimination #diversity #jobs #innovation #Australia #Queensland

Older Workers Struggling

This Channel 10 News Report may be 7 years old but is still very relevant today with unemployment announced last week in real terms at 20%. Yes 20%……….

Globalisation and workforce shifts have significantly changed the nature of demand for labour in Australia. This has resulted in the under-employment of older workers. This untapped talent needs to drive future innovation and improved productivity.

RRA is leading this challenge for our older workers by creating awareness within Australian businesses highlighting that older workers’ need to be considered as a valuable resource in contributing to an internationally competitive Australian economy.

To address this issue of untapped talent, RRA has devised a range of strategies including “Paid Corporate Internships” (Internships). Proactive businesses understand the value in working with interns to complete short-term assignments to boost productivity. Interns possess great work experience, have a mature work ethic and are high-calibre professionals who are seeking full employment.

“Internships” have the advantage in building workforce diversity and a multigenerational workforce more in line with your customer base. Ultimately, interns will become your brand ambassadors and will be a “ready pool” of proven talent available to your business.

To become involved (as a business or intern) in our “Paid Corporate Internships” (PCI’s) contact Tony Wiggins, Founder/President 0401 458 573

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Tony Wiggins is the Founder of the Re-think Re-engage Australia committed to leading innovative workforce thinking to re-engage the untapped talent in the Queensland and Australian economy. His extensive experience and talent as a senior HR professional is highly sought after in developing forward thinking strategies to take Australia into the future global economy.

#older workers #job ageism #discrimination #diversity #jobs #innovation #Australia #Queensland

Mature-Aged Worker Engagement

This is a great video on mature-age workers and how to engage them and still having them being productive?

Researchers Carol Kulik, Sanjeewa Perera, and Christina Cregan explain how management practices can engage mature-age workers. Many countries are increasing the age at which people can access retirement funding, encouraging mature-age workers to keep working. But if these mature-age workers lose motivation and disengage from their work, organisations pay a steep price in lost productivity. High performance and age-friendly management practices increase mature-age worker engagement by reducing concerns about age stereotypes. The researchers say “adopting the right management practices may be the key to ensuring that mature-age workers contribute to the organisation long past the traditional retirement age”.

 

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Tony Wiggins is the Founder of the Re-think Re-engage Australia committed to leading innovative workforce thinking to re-engage the untapped talent in the Queensland and Australian economy. His extensive experience and talent as a senior HR professional is highly sought after in developing forward thinking strategies to take Australia into the future global economy.

#older workers #job ageism #discrimination #diversity #jobs #innovation #Australia #Queensland

Age Against The Machine

cropped-think-big_charmain-solter1.jpgGreat article published in the Sunday Mail Brisbane on February 4 about “Age Against The Machine” and the EveryAGE Counts campaign that is aiming to transform the way society views and treats it older people.  Workplace discrimination will be highlighted as mature aged people (older workers) find it harder to get back into the workforce after losing their jobs.  Yet a 7% rise labour force participant by mature aged (older) workers could boost the economy by $25 billion a year by 2022 and double that by 2050.  It is all about changing attitudes not bringing in more laws. Age Against The Machine

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Tony Wiggins is the Founder of the Re-think Re-engage Australia committed to leading innovative workforce thinking to re-engage the untapped talent in the Queensland and Australian economy. His extensive experience and talent as a senior HR professional is highly sought after in developing forward thinking strategies to take Australia into the future global economy.

#older workers #job ageism #discrimination #diversity #jobs #innovation #Australia #Queensland

Showcasing the Value of Older Workers

 

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Older workers are coming back into fashion.

Older workers are able to work, looking to work, and no one to hire them. Older workers are not 60+, they are in their mid-40’s and upwards.

With the GFC, globalisation, structural and technical workforce change in Australia, the nature of demand for labour in Australia coupled with inflexibilities in the Australian labour market, large scale structural problems have occurred.

One of these structural problems is the “under-utilised of talent” and this is where older workers become part of the equation. Older workers and their talent should be utilised in the new disruption that is happening across the Australian economy to drive future innovation.

Older workers are depositories of tactic knowledge i.e. knowledge that is not captured in data or on computers. This is increasingly important in modern organisations where labour turnover in increasing. Older workers are a source of valuable life skills and company knowledge. They bring maturity and wisdom to business. It is the wisdom that companies need, to solve problems. Many of the problems that arise in organisations are through lack of experience and the confidence to deal with them. An older worker (with that valuable life skills and industry knowledge) can work on the problem in the background and put the problem to bed.

The average of Vita Needles workers is 74 years old and that’s no accident. The manufacturing company has intentionally hired seniors – a decision that has increased profits and benefitted older workers who often have a harder time finding a job.

The Queensland Building and Construction Commission is one of those proactive government agencies leading the way in recognising the untapped talent. In a recent job advertisement, they are seeking “(older) applicants that have taken a long-term break from the work force and are looking to return are strongly encouraged to apply.”

Re-think Re-engage Australia, a NFP organisation dedicated to re-engaging older workers back into the workforce, are looking to showcase organisations that have made a decision to re-engage older workers and highlight their success.

Contact Tony Wiggins 0401 458 573 to discuss how we can work in highlighting the skills and knowledge of our older workers in driving the productivity of the Australian economy.

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About the Author

Tony Wiggins is the Founder of Re-think Re-engage Australia, a NFP organisation committed to leading innovative workforce thinking to re-engage the untapped talent of older workers in the Australian economy. His extensive experience and talent as a senior HR professional is highly sought after in developing forward thinking strategies to take Australia into the future global economy.

#older workers #job ageism #discrimination #diversity #jobs #innovation #Australia #Queensland

Older Workers Set to Boost the Growing Queensland Economy

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The Queensland economy will go through several dramatic changes in 2018 as it is set to gain momentum in continuing to grow, following relatively weak performance across the past three years.

According to global recruitment specialist Hays back in 2017, a key ingredient to this success will be the demand and supply for highly-skilled professionals who possess highly honed skills, extensive experience and [will be] technology savvy.

Regrettably, this workforce demand and supply trend will not only be confined to Queensland but will impact Western Australia and intensifying in New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT.

Welcome … to the age of uncertainty.

Never has it been harder for business, government and communities to develop innovative workforce strategies in our Australia’s multi-speed economy to become more flexible, responsive and find talented workers. But with these social and cultural challenges come fresh opportunities.

Re-think Re-engage Australia (RAA), a newly created Not-For-Profit organisation has heeded the call to action to re-engage older workers, address future talent shortages and unlock prosperity across Queensland and Australia.

The RRA will partner and work with business, government and the community will be coming together to work and help co-design an overarching talent engagement approach to engage older workers.

“An increase in overseas migrants may counter some demand, but not all,” Hays wrote.

RRA’s vision is to bring about real change in Australia’s mindset to re-think, re-engage and build a positive strategy for older workers to drive innovation in the Queensland and Australian economy.

There is a lot of talent out there if we can just stop putting older workers in the category of old, useless and unprepared for the new economy.

#older workers #job ageism #discrimination #justice #diversity #jobs

Author:

Tony Wiggins is the Founder of the Re-think Re-engage Australia committed to leading innovative workforce thinking to re-engage the untapped talent in the Queensland and Australian economy. His extensive experience and talent as a senior HR professional is highly sought after in developing forward thinking strategies to take Australia into the future global economy.